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Release of the 8th volume of “Half a Century of Japanese Theater” series contemporary Japanese plays in English translation
 The “Half a Century of Japanese Theater” series of contemporary Japanese plays in English translation was begun in 1999 as a project under the Agency for Cultural Affairs’ Arts Plan 21 program, and in April 2006, the eighth volume of the series was published.
This series brings together translations of works by the representative contemporary Japanese playwrights and the important plays of the postwar era and one edition of new translations is published each year. With each play’s translation there is also a recent photograph of the playwright, stage photos of productions of the play and a newly compiled profile of the playwright and his/her career.
The works in translation to be found in the newly published 8th edition and the series as a whole are listed below. You can also find a synopsis of most of these works in the “Japanese Contemporary Drama Database” of this website.
+“Half a Century of Japanese Theater VIII 1950s”
Japan Playwrights Association Collection
Size: B5-variant; Pages: 336
Price: ¥4,200 (including tax)
ISBN: 4-314-10158-X
Published: April 2006

Commentary: Tadasumi IMAMURA
Works: Miyagino by Seiichi YASHIRO
Kono Kodomo by Shuichiro YAGI
Kenrui Dasshu by Tsuneari FUKUDA
Okinawa by Junji KINOSHITA
Kumo no Migiwa by Chineo TANAKA
Konrinzan no Hitobito by Taku IZAWA
Omoide wo Uru Hito by Michio KATO
Tainai by Juro MIYOSHI
+“Half a Century of Japanese Theater” series works
Plays of Volume One
Citizens of Seoul by Oriza HIRATA
Epitaph for the Whales by Yoji SAKATE
Time’s Storeroom by Ai NAGAI
Fireflies by Toshiro SUZUE
Tokyo Atomic Klub by Nozomi MAKINO
Ice Blossoms by Tatsuo KANESHITA
+Plays of Volume Two
The Man Next Door by Ryo IWAMATSU
Farewell to Huckleberry by Yutaka NARUI
Festival of the Fish by Miri YU
Hinemi by Akio MIYAZAWA
Rhythm Method by Sanae IIJIMA & Yumi SUZUKI
Cape Moon by Masataka MATSUDA
+Plays of Volume Three
Kitaro the Ghost-buster by Eriko WATANABE
Miss Toyoko’s Departure by Rei ICHIDO
Godzilla by Yasuhiko OHASHI
The King of La Mancha’s Clothes by Kensuke YOKOUCHI
Lullaby: A Hundred Years of Song by Shoji KOKAMI
+Plays of Volume Four
Ode to Joy by So KITAMURA
Nippon Wars by Takeshi KAWAMURA
A Legend of Mermaids by CHONG Wishin
Thread Hell by Rio KISHIDA
The Red Demon Akaoni by Hideki NODA
+Plays of Volume Five
The Amida Black Chant Murder Mystery by Den FUJITA
The Atami Murder Case by Kohei TSUKA
Mystery Tour by Mikio KOMATSU
The Family Adrift: The Jesus Ark Incident by Tetsu YAMAZAKI
Ayako: Mom’s Cherry Blossoms Never Fall by Kodai OKABE
Claire de Lune by Juichiro TAKEUCHI
+Plays of Volume Six
La Marie-Vison by Shuji TERAYAMA
Yabuhara, the Blind Master Minstrel by Hisashi INOUE
Abe Sada’s Dogs by Makoto SATO
The Tale of Komachi Told by the Wind by Shogo OTA
Sick by Minoru BETSUYAKU
A Cry from the City of Virgins by Juro KARA
Red Dawn over Manhattan by Ren SAITO
+Plays of Volume Seven
The Meiji Coffin by Ken MIYAMOTO
Oppekepe by Yoshiyuki FUKUDA
Comedy Duo in Hibernation by Satoshi AKIHAMA
Our Lady of the Scabs by Matsuyo AKIMOTO
Such a Serious Frivolity by Kunio SHIMIZU
At Play with a Lion by Masakazu YAMAZAKI
You can purchase these books at the following website